Shipping Platters Already Arranged

I would love to ship platters already arranged but I haven't gotten brave enough yet.  I usually package them in gallon ziploc bags and stacked between bubble wrap and cake boards. I send a few photos showing how to arrange the cookies once the customer gets them but this is not the best option when someone wants to gift them.  Any suggestions on how to ship platters already arranged? I always ship USPS Priority Mail and try to keep the package in the 12X12X8 size shipping boxes to keep costs down. I am open to any advice/suggestions. Thanks in advance.

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I also believe it is hardly possible, especially if you want to stick to the mentioned box size.

The only way I can think of is glueing the cookies to a tray (with icing, not real glue), and ship them that way. But you would need a lot larger box for that, with probably much higher shipping costs.

 

Your solution with sending a picture as a suggestion is fine already, I don't really see a benefit in sending pre-arranged platters.

"I send trays all the time.  I bring them to ups and let them do it."

 

So you have the platter made up and wrapped in cello or whatever you use and UPS packs them?  Have you ever seen how they do it?   Do you insure the package?  This is interesting.

Originally Posted by pip:

"I send trays all the time.  I bring them to ups and let them do it."

 

So you have the platter made up and wrapped in cello or whatever you use and UPS packs them?  Have you ever seen how they do it?   Do you insure the package?  This is interesting.

Hi Pip......yes I wrap tray up all pretty and bring it to UPS.   They use peanuts.  Honestly I never watched I just drop it off .

I have shipped multiple platters but it is tricky. If you're able to find a small enough platter to stick in the USPS boxes, then this should be even better.

 

First, arrange krinkle paper at the bottom of the tray for decorative purposes as well as added volume. Second, arrange your cookies as desired on the platter. Third (the super pain in the butt tricky part) get your cellophane wrapping and cover the top and gather at the bottom of the platter. Fourth, grab your heat gun and shrink wrap the cellophane around the tops and sides, lastly the bottom. The heat gun can melt the plastic so be sure not to get it too close to the cello (Also, if you're using a plastic platter, be sure not to get the bottom too hot either when you're melting the cellophane underneath. How do I do the bottom part without burning off my hand you ask? After initially arranging the cello at the base of the platter, I lay the whole entire platter back on my work table. When it's time to do the bottom, I slide only half of the platter over the edge of the table and then I start sealing it. When the cello tightens around the platter, it keeps the cookies tightly in place in such a state that they do not shift (if it's done correctly). Then, if desired (which I always do this part for presentation of the cookies coming out of the box) re-wrap the cookies again in Cellophane and gather at the top and put a pretty ribbon, your business stickers, etc. Then place in the box for shipping and surround with shipping peanuts.

 

Shipping is ALWAYS time consuming and tedious, but if taking the time to send the platters, it will be well appreciated by your customers.

 

Good luck and let me know if you have any other questions.

Originally Posted by pip:

That takes a lot of headache out of the process.  Does UPS take responsibility for delivering any broken cookies?

Thanks Debbie.

Hi Pip....my apology just saw your reply.   I have a working relationship with my UPS .   my clients contact them to take care of shipping.   Yes it does take a lot of headache out of the process but more important I  have peace of mind (and client) knowing the cookies  are being packed by a professional.  

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